Ben Affleck Discusses How Batman Is Seeking Redemption in JUSTICE LEAGUE
As you all know, Ben Affleck's Batman went way dark in Batman v Superman, and he went on a mean steak brutally beating the shit of people and not caring if anyone who got in his way met their demise. Some fans didn't like it, while others, like me, enjoyed that hardcore brutality of Batman.
Well, some of you will be happy to hear that Batman is going to be on the road to redemption in Justice League. During an interview with ComicBook.com, Affleck talked about bringing Batman out of the darkness and into the redeeming light. This was alluded to in the recently released synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Affleck expanded on that a bit, saying:
"Batman went to a very dark place that was rooted in this trauma occurred to the people that he loved and worked with and what he saw. This really is not about that issue for him so much anymore. He's no longer extreme in that way. From the experiences of the last movie, he sort of learns some things I think and now is ... I'm trying to say it without giving away any spoilers, but he's feeling like he's wanting to redeem himself and he's wanting mankind to be redeemed and he's wanting to make the world better, having learned lessons that were important in the last movie."
That should be fine, as long as he continues to kick some serious ass as he's finding his redemption. You can still have a lighter tone and kick ass! Marvel is able to do it very well. Of course, Affleck believes that the DC film will still retain some of the darkness that the comic book fans love.
"DC movies are, I think, by their nature still a little bit more Gothic or more mythic rather than some comic book movies are, but [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice] was a heavy, dark movie. It was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns, which is a heavy, dark book. This is not that. This is a step in evolution from that about bringing together all these characters, ones who had their origins and it's about multilateralism and it's about hope. It's about working together and the kind of conflicts that you have trying to work together with others. It's a world with all these other superheroes that exist."
We've been learning a lot about this film recently, and I'm actually kind of excited about what Zack Snyder, Affleck, and the rest of the creative team are doing with it. I'm just hoping that Warner Bros. and that team of people have actually learned lessons from the previous film and they will use those lessons to make the future films of the DCEU better.
What do you think about the Affleck's ideas on the Dark Knight seeking redemption in the upcoming film?
Justice League hits theaters November 17th, 2017.